Fresh produce such as fruit and vegetables are thrown away on a daily basis. This happens in all sections of the food chain from the producers and distributors to supermarkets and households. The life of fresh produce once purchased can often be only a few days. If it’s not used pretty quickly, it can go soft and rotten – and who wants to eat that?
Fruit and vegetables can often be chopped up and stored in the freezer to make them last longer. Another popular option to prevent waste is to juice them.
Fruit and vegetables that are on their way out can make delicious juices, smoothies and even popsicles. Simply place them in a blender with other ingredients such as water, coconut water, milk, or soy milk. Add a little honey or maple syrup if it’s too sharp and you can create some delicious mixes. Juicing fruit and vegetables is a great way to get nutrients in your body, especially if you don’t eat a lot of fruit.
Making juice is one part of preventing food waste, but knowing how to store it properly is even more important so that it will last as long as possible. Just like when you slice up fruit, juice will often go brown if it is left for too long.
To prevent this, try freezing the produce before blending (that way it’s ice cold for serving too). If you have some leftover, store it in airtight containers for up to 48 hours in the fridge, or in the freezer for much longer. Try using ice cube trays for easy, mess-free freezing, and then tip the cubes into a sealable freezer bag once frozen.